these are a few of my favorite things...

Red, White & Royal Blue
Red, White & Royal Blue

By Casey McQuiston One of my most recent and favorite reads. It yanked at my heartstrings and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

A novel about high schoolers who don't fit in and try to do something about their school's awful practices. I hadn't cried at a book for a while until I read this.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Anastasia meets Firefly. HoI is well written and its characters are so endearing that it was impossible for me not to fall in love with this novel.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

One of my favorite books of all time left me furious. I nearly threw it across the train while reading it. It's still on the NYT Bestsellers List for obvious reasons.

City of Stairs
City of Stairs

by Robert Jackson Bennett An amazing book with vivid worldbuilding.

The Grisha Trilogy
The Grisha Trilogy

by Leigh Bardugo One of my favorite series I've read to date. Clever and creative, with wonderfully fleshed out characters.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo My absolute favorite at the moment. These six principle characters are so easy to root for and have such issues. Wonderfully developed.

Nimona
Nimona

by Noelle Stevenson I read this book in a night of insomnia. I loved it; it's so cute and sweet and I want more.

Penryn & The End of Days
Penryn & The End of Days

by Susan Ee I need to reread this trilogy. Penryn is so sassy and wonderful; I love her banter with Raffe and the romance doesn't feel forced at all.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

by Laini Taylor Beautifully written and heartbreaking. And no (real) love triangles! *jazz hands*

An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes

by Sabaa Tahir A creative and brutal take on the Roman Empire, Elias and Laia are great characters. I'm partial to Elias; he's so tormented and conflicted, and it's fascinating to see how he reconciles the two halves of his life.

The Night Circus
The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern Written by an artist, this book is gorgeous. I loved the story, but I think I loved the descriptions more, if that makes sense. As a whole, it's a wonderful, fantastical story.

The Road
The Road

by Cormac McCarthy Brutal and sparse, I noticed a shift in my dialogue after reading The Road.

The Lunar Chronicles
The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer I devoured these books over the summer of 2016. Four drastically different, independent female protagonists based on fairy tales? Sign me up.

Every Day
Every Day

by David Levithan Fantastic, unique concept. I loved reading it.

Legend Trilogy
Legend Trilogy

by Marie Lu I quoted Legend in my high school yearbook. I don't mess around when it comes to Marie Lu. I remember finishing the trilogy my freshman year of college. It was so bittersweet, but so damned satisfying. Marie Lu replicated that bittersweet/satisfying vibe in The Young Elites.

Lamb: The Gospel According to...
Lamb: The Gospel According to...

Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. by Christopher Moore I read this book in High School and it's one of my favorites. I love satire and humor in general, and this one hit all the right notes.

The Seven Realms Saga
The Seven Realms Saga

by Cinda Williams Chima So. Damned. Satisfying. A wonderful fantasy with great worldbuilding and fleshed out characters.

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

by JK Rowling Dad started reading Harry Potter to me when I was 5. I grew up with it. Of course it's on here.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

by Rick Riordan 95% sure I decided I wanted to be a writer in 7th grade, which was around the time I was reading PJATO. I like to think I adapted the sarcasm and dialogue skills from RR. It's funny, sassy, and overall a fantastic story.

Heroes of Olympus
Heroes of Olympus

by Rick Riordan Oh, look, more characters to get attached to! Like I said, I'm partial to Percy Jackson, so of course I was going to continue along the journey. Blood of Olympus wasn't as satisfying or heartbreaking of an ending as The Last Olympian, but I still enjoyed this series immensely.

More Than This
More Than This

by Patrick Ness See, I didn't know what to expect from this book. But whatever it was, it wasn't what this book turned out to be. And I really, really liked it.

The Young Elites Trilogy
The Young Elites Trilogy

by Marie Lu I will read anything Marie Lu ever writes ever. She's an amazing writer and makes me feel so terrible for this terrible person.

Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass

by Sarah J Maas Another book series I devoured (when the first 3 books + the novella collection were out). I fell in love with Celaena Sardothien, and I have such feelings about this series, both good and bad. I won't get into it here, though.